Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Art & Art History
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This thesis examines the exhibition, historical reconstruction, and museum acquisition and conservation of postmodern dance, with the 2018 MoMA exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done as a case study. This exhibition considered the history and legacy of 1960s postmodern dance through a presentation of artifacts and archives alongside a continuous program of live, in-gallery performances. The Work Is Never Done catalyzed questions in the three areas of dance exhibition, reconstruction, and conservation and, as this thesis argues, represents a unique example of preserving canonical dance history while creating a generative context for spontaneity, experimentation, and reinvention.
Johnson, Beatrice M., "Keeping Both History and Magic Alive: Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done (2018) at The Museum of Modern Art" (2023). CUNY Academic Works.